Mike knows he has made the best decision for our family, yet he loves his work and loves his co-workers which makes for a hard goodbye. Here he is with his chili trophy for winning the chili cookoff two years ago! We are excited for this new chapter in our lives with Mike having a little les public job and hopefully more time home with us. At his luncheon he told his staff that it ultimately came down to his kids and that they are his legacy. I married a good one that is for sure!
Sunday, July 31, 2016
Friday, July 15, 2016
Kyle and I are home after an amazing (yet with moments of high drama) week long mission trip in Nashville. We were stretched this week by God in LOTS of ways and I am sitting here smiling thinking of the memories we have made, the service we were blessed to get to do, and the time to focus on our relationship with Jesus. There is nothing like traveling to a new place with our youth to experience the community and to serve.
We all made great friendships with new friends and had a blast making memories with our own church friends. Here is Kyle giving a hug or a handshake to one of his crew mates this morning as we were leaving. My boy is growing up!
This princess was stretched and a few times extremely stressed this week. But at the end of the week, I am praising God for the memories we made, the laughs we shared until we were crying, the bible devotions we had, and the opportunity to serve in Nashville. We had three youth committ their lives to Christ on this trip and that is why I will say Nashville Week of Hope 2016 was AMAZING!!!! May we continue to remember that because of Jesus we are ordinary people able to do extraordinary things in His name.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
We are loving our Nashville trip!! We are hot, we are soooooo far out of our comfort zones in terms of showers, crews, and our facility but we are growing and learning.
Last night at opening program we received our crew assignments. The whole planning process we were told that youth would be able to choose their work assignments and amazingly last night the youth (and adults) handled it beautifully when they were divided up and had no imput at all over their assignment! We have some youth and some chaperones that are in a group with no one they know.
Today we all divided up and went to our service sites for the first time. Some went to Boys and Girls club type of places, Kyle, went to a nursing home, some went to a Habitat Store to help, Kim got the only physical labor and she went to an elderly woman's home and did yard work. I was blessed with the opportunity to go to a refugee center and work with children assisting them with their literacy skills and reading. This gal was in heaven!!!!!!!!!
So lets discuss the shower situation. Only for Jesus would I go to a shower tent outside and shower using a gardeen hose! It is freezing but it is so blasted hot here that it is refreshing. This princess has had to dig DEEP but for the chance to meet these refugee children and learn about them made it all worthwhile. We are here to serve but let it be known we are the ones being blessed. The shower was interesting enough and then add that one of our darling youth decided to turn the water off while I was shampooing my hair made for an extra shower adventure! HA!
I am too tired to blog more but just know that we are great despite being soooooo far out of our comfort zones. Be proud of your youth-they are representing Jesus so well here in Nashville. Good night from Nashville!